Siphon Draw Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Apache Junction, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Contact the Park: (480) 982-4485 Lost Dutchman SP 6109 N. Apache Trail Apache Junction, AZ 85219
Involves a lot of hiking and rock climbing. I'm not in the best of shape, so I was hurting for days after. The way down is very scary. I had to sit on my butt and slide for a long time. Beautiful view.
Scary and more climbing than hiking definitely beautiful at the top and a huge sense of accomplishment!
This trail is definitely not for the weak-minded! If you're looking for an adventure & to be challenged then this is the trail! Make sure to bring plenty of water & wear hiking shoes...gym shoes are not going to cut it! In addition, bring an extra shirt because you will mostly be drenched in sweat by the time you reach the summit. Airplane point of view from the top!
Don't let the climb up the base to Siphon Draw fool you- though it's not rocky or filled with steep drop-offs, the start of the climb is what can leave a lot of people out of breath the most. Once you are past this though, the rest of the climb is pretty moderate. Actually climbing through Siphon Draw if you are planning on going to Flatiron is a little more difficult. It becomes very steep, and more of a rock climb than a hike at some points. I went with a group where quite a few stayed back at Siphon Draw, while the rest of us went up to Flatiron. Both are fantastic hikes and climbs and would definitely recommend for those looking for a great and challenging day hike! Not that heavily trafficked but lots of friendly people along the way! May be difficult for some pets as well.
Quite the challenge when the clouds settle in on the mountain and pour rain that hides the trail sending you scrambling. Wear Gloves...and take it one step at a time on the way down.
Great hike! I spent the night on top of flat iron, highly recommended!! Hike safe!
Unlike the other great Phoenix area hikes... unique terrain once you start gaining elevation. Started earlier this week on a 43deg morning, very few people just after sunrise. Flat Iron was hidden by the cloud deck. Great insights from the Park Ranger about the trail and options once you reach the "top".
Will be doing this one again, great workout.
Start early, bring water, be ready to work your legs off, and prepare yourself for the breathtaking view! Well worth the trek.
Great leg workout with beautiful views
this was a fun hike. I wasn't expecting so much climbing and in parts the trail wasn't too well marked. but the view at the top is worth it! I had one woman tell me, "you will feel like you can't keep going, but keep going because you're almost there!" and she was totally right! start early in the day.
This is now my favorite hike in the valley. I love the Superstitions but have always hiked the Gold Canyon side. We started before dawn and there was hardly anyone out that early. Most people were just heading up as we were about halfway down. The trail was marked by white dots but above the basin at times we missed them, getting a little off course, but really as long as you're heading up you can't really get lost. Be careful of the scree on the upper half of the basin making it easy to slide when coming down. Above the basin it gets challenging at times as you have to climb over boulders. The view at the top is phenomenal and totally worth the climb. It took us about 5 hours to do with a break at the top to enjoy the views. It was also a really clean trail, no litter or graffiti.